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From Outdated to Outstanding: Clair Brothers Updates Audio System at NYCB Theatre At Westbury with HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers and Crown Amplifiers

WESTBURY, New York – The NYCB Theatre at Westbury is one of Long Island’s best-known music venues, growing from its less-than-glamorous origins in 1956 as an unheated outdoor tent to the premier Live Nation-owned concert hall it is today. Formerly the Westbury Music Fair, the current 3,000-seat venue was built in 1966 and has since undergone multiple renovations—the most recent being an upgrade to its audio system with HARMAN’s JBL Professional VERTEC® line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“The former audio system was 30 years old, was underpowered and had significant issues in many areas,” noted Dustin Goen, system designer and project manager for systems integrator Clair Brothers. The venue is a theater in the round with 360-degree seating surrounding a circular stage that rotated during most performances. The main loudspeakers, lighting and video screens were mounted on a truss ring hanging above the stage, with fill loudspeakers placed around the front of the stage and at other locations in the hall. The main loudspeakers were pointed downward but because of the design of the truss ring, they could not deliver adequate coverage to all the seats.

“To supplement the main loudspeakers, a kind of patchwork arrangement of fill loudspeakers was installed throughout the venue in an attempt to get adequate coverage,” Goen noted. “As a result, no matter where someone sat they heard a mixture of up to four different loudspeakers, all with different timings and sonic characters.” Patrons in the first row might have scored the best seats to see the show but they heard the worst audio mix—almost no sound from the PA and too much from the stage monitors and amplifiers. The low-frequency reinforcement was inadequate—only four subwoofers mounted on the overhead truss. There were a number of nodes in the room where the bass was almost inaudible.”

“On top of all that,” Goen commented, “the old system didn’t actually cover the front of house mixing position. The engineer had to walk out of the sound booth and down the aisle to hear the mix! You basically had to use your imagination to figure out how things sounded.”

It was no stretch of the imagination for Live Nation’s Dan Schartoff to know something had to be done. As vice president of production for House of Blues/Clubs and Theatres, Schartoff spearheaded the audio system renovation effort and determined that not only would an all-new sound system have to be installed, the overhead cage of trusses would have to go. Goen and crew had to complete the job in two weeks start to finish, from tearing down and installing the new truss to mounting the loudspeakers, lighting and six 80-inch video monitors.

Goen worked with Schartoff and Chris Barbee of lighting contractor Bandit Lites to design and build a new truss ring over the stage with six hangs of six JBL VERTEC VT4887A compact line array loudspeakers, powered by Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD multichannel amplifiers.

Because the theater is in the round, Goen realized distributed cardioid clusters of subwoofers weren’t going to work. “You’d get a response plot that looked like a raspberry instead of an apple,” he said. In response, Clair Brothers opted for a central cluster of six JBL STX828S subwoofers in a triangular stack, driven by three Crown I-Tech 12000HD amps.

Clair Brothers was able to use the existing front and stage fill loudspeakers, which are linked to the main system via a BSS Audio BLU-160 signal processor with digital audio bus. The VT4887A clusters can be used either as three alternating stereo pairs or in mono depending on the preferences of the FOH mixer and artist. An added benefit is that the new truss ring is smaller and doesn’t block the sightlines across the venue, making the hall seem bigger than it was before.

“We wanted every listener to hear one clear and coherent sound source no matter where they were sitting, and that’s what the VT4887A line arrays deliver,” Goen stated. “Thanks to their smooth, controlled dispersion pattern, the coverage is seamless from the first row to the back in 95 percent of the room.”

Goen considers VERTEC and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers to be a perfect combination since the amps’ DSP incorporates VERTEC V5 preset tunings. “The V5 presets really bring the VERTECs to life and make them sound like a whole new loudspeaker.”

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software is in place to calibrate and control the system. “Performance Manager helped us get everything up and running fast,” Goen said. “We had to be ready in time for a show by Lee Brice so there was no slack. We didn’t get a chance to test the wiring until two days before the show.” The system didn’t require a lot of tweaking—Goen noted that the VERTECs sounded great out of the box and that tuning was more a matter of gain shading than applying EQ. “We had two days to ring out the system, tune it and train the house engineers, and we did it.”

“Horizontal coverage is seamless all around the ring, the low end is solid and even around the room and yes, it sounds great at front of house,” Goen concluded. “In fact, front of house engineer Charlie Trantum has been working at Westbury for more than 20 years and he was very impressed when he first heard the new system.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle Is Part of the Curriculum at Audio School Online

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – GRAMMY® award-winning engineer, producer, songwriter and musician Ken Lewis founded Audio School Online (www.audioschoolonline.com) to answer a need. “It used to be that you got out of engineering school, got a studio internship and worked your way up – but now, big studios are closing and there’s limited opportunity to learn your craft in a professional environment.” In response, Lewis started Audio School Online to teach aspiring producers and engineers how to mix music and produce records. Students learn from Lewis through a series of free and affordable online lessons that teach how to use the tools of the trade – including Lewis’ go-to Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle.

Ken Lewis knows his craft. His credits include 71 platinum and gold albums and singles, 12 GRAMMY winners and 56 number one records – so far! He notes that “teaching is in my blood – my mom was one and I used to teach bass and guitar.” Before founding Audio School Online, Lewis discovered there was a lack of information online for what he thought budding producers and engineers needed to know. “My inspiration for putting this all together was to give the next wave of audio pros and artists the real-world skills and techniques to make professional recordings.”

The hardware and software Lewis uses in his lessons are the products he uses in his own studio work on a daily basis. “There isn’t a single mix where I don’t use Lexicon for the reverb,” he says. The PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is the best reverb plug-in he’s heard. “It’s the first time a plug-in has sounded 100 percent as good as the outboard stuff.”

In a course on choosing lead vocal effects, the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is a key element. “I use every one of the seven reverb plug-ins, all the time – Vintage Plate, Plate, Hall, Room, Random Hall, Concert Hall and Chamber.” Lewis shows students exactly why he uses the particular reverbs he does, for male and female and lead and background vocals. “I go step by step into how I manipulate all the parameters and why, and most importantly, the thought process as a mixer or a producer that goes behind what I’m teaching. Ultimately, the mood of the song dictates why I do something. With Lexicon, I can choose and fine-tune the perfect reverb to fit the mood.”

Another online lesson is called “Plugin Transformers” which emphasizes that ultimately there are no traditional ways to create new sounds. ”I used the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle to show people there are really cool sounds they can achieve they might never have thought of, that they can incorporate into their own palette. Lewis finds the plug-ins to be highly flexible in their editing capabilities, easy to shape sonically and have “tons of presets and choices for starting points.” Most importantly: “They also just sound really good.”

“My style of teaching is very hands-on,” Lewis notes. “The lessons feel like we’re sitting together one on one, not like you’re sitting at a lecture with someone talking at you. When I do a lesson if mistakes happen, fine. I teach the same techniques I use everyday on records you hear, and in a way that’s very easy to understand and duplicate on your own.”

“In audio there is no right and wrong, just what you think sounds good. You need to envision what you want and how to go about getting it. Lexicon helps me teach people to open their mind to the possibilities.”

The feedback we’ve received for Audio School Online has been tremendous so far,” Lewis concluded. “We’ve gotten deep support from pros and amateurs alike. It makes me want to do more.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Yamaha CL5 Howls at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut opened in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, and is one of the world’s most amazing destinations with some of New England’s finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth, the popular 350-seat Wolf Den offers a state-of-the-art sound system for nightly performances. The Wolf Den seats 350 and entrance is on a first come, first served basis. Recently, two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles were installed to enhance the sound system, one at front of house and the other at the monitor position including Rio 3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes.

Mat Diamond, lead audio technician for entertainment at the resort said the decision to add two Yamaha CL consoles to the entertainment arsenal was a departmental decision. “As the head of the department, I had the final say, but I don’t get to use the equipment as much as the rest of the department which is why it is important to make the decision as much a group decision as possible. We already own two Yamaha M7CL-48 digital consoles, two Yamaha LS9-16s and an LS9-32 so between that and the price point, the CL5s seemed like the next logical step.”

Diamond said the custom knobs and fader banks, storing system scenes that can be recalled, EQs, and built-in Premium Rack that can be used together or independently are all valuable features. “I love the idea of the Premium Rack and hope that more effects will be added down the road. I personally like to use the Portico 5033 as my EQ for masters. I really like using the dynamic EQs for vocals. I love how the Yamaha CL allows me to control certain frequencies without eliminating them entirely.”

With regard to the CL learning curve, Diamond said his staff picked it up fairly quickly but since they own several Yamaha consoles, they just needed to learn their way around the CL. “Most of the visiting engineers just need a quick walk through if they haven’t used a CL in the past.”

Since the Yamaha CL consoles have been installed, artists that have performed in the Wolf Den include Macy Gray, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Foghat, G. Love & Special Sauce, Walk Off the Earth, Chuck Negron, Gin Blossoms, Uncle Kracker, Los Lonely Boys, and Eddie Money.

For more information on the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun, visit www.mohegansun.com/poi/venues/wolf-den.html

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: Standing Mat Diamond, Lead Audio Technician
Seated: Curt Wade, Front of House Engineer – Wolf Den

Photo Credit: CM Photos

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

HARMAN’s dbx Is Now Shipping Its DriveRack® PA2 Loudspeaker Management System With Mobile App Control

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx is now shipping its DriveRack PA2 Loudspeaker Management System, which enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimized for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications. The DriveRack PA2 makes it easier than ever to set up a system and control it on the fly using via an Android®, iOS®, Mac®, or Windows® mobile device or laptop.

The original DriveRack PA revolutionized audio for bands around the world by providing all of the processing they needed between their mixer and amplifiers to optimize and protect their loudspeakers. The DriveRack PA2 takes all of this functionality to an entirely new level, at a price point that offers outstanding value. A brand new Wizard allows for faster and easier set-up, new AutoEQ™ provides professional touring-quality room EQ and incredibly accurate Advanced Feedback Suppression (AFS™) ensures freedom from feedback in any room.

The DriveRack PA2 can be set up and operated from a compatible tablet or smartphone via Ethernet using the free dbx PA2 Control App, available at www.dbxpro.com, the iTunes® Store and Google Play. Users have access to a host of configuration menus and on their mobile device or laptop, with full-color graphical displays that give ready visual indications of the parameters being adjusted. The DriveRack PA2 can also be operated via its front-panel controls and display.

The DriveRack PA2 provides a comprehensive suite of system tuning and optimization tools. Its improved AutoEQ enables automatic and precise equalization of the loudspeakers to the venue in which they’re installed to achieve smoother, more accurate in-room frequency response. A new AFS Advanced Feedback Suppression feature automatically finds and dials out any problematic feedback-producing frequencies.

The PA2 offers numerous additional system-tuning and sonic optimization capabilities, including dbx compression, graphic and 8-band parametric EQ, a new input delay module for delaying the front of house system to the backline, dbx’s exclusive Subharmonic Synthesis for enhanced low-frequency response, a built-in loudspeaker crossover (for full-range, 2-way and 3-way systems), limiting, loudspeaker time alignment and many additional features.

“Setting up a PA can be one of the most challenging aspects of ilve performing, especially for local and semi-pro musicians who have to do it themselves, but the DriveRack PA2 makes the process fast, accurate and stress-free,” said Noel Larson, Director of Marketing, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Getting great live sound is now as easy as reaching for your phone or laptop.”

The dbx DriveRack PA2 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $499.95.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Intel Launches CES 2014 Pre-Conference Keynotes with Pedersen Media Group Receiving AV Support from WorldStage

When Intel was given the coveted first slot at the CES 2014 Pre-Conference Keynotes held in the Venetian Hotel Ballroom, Las Vegas, WorldStage was on hand to support Pedersen Media Group (PMG) by enhancing the core AV equipment package provided for all the keynoters and customizing the space to showcase the address by new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

WorldStage has worked with PMG on numerous Intel events in the past, including the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) and Intel’s International Sales & Marketing Conference (ISMC). In addition to the pre-conference keynote at this year’s CES, WorldStage also supported PMG with AV services for the joint McAfee/Intel Security customer experience at Delmonico’s.

The primary challenge of the keynote was limited access to the ballroom, which Intel shared with fellow keynoters Sony and Cisco. The ballroom’s core equipment package featured cameras, audio and projection gear that consisted of a widescreen rear projection center display and a pair of rear projection outboard displays.

To support Intel’s comprehensive vision of Computing, PMG’s Creative Director, Mark Pedersen, called for “an immersive, widescreen experience across the whole ballroom,” says WorldStage VP of production services and account manager Richard Bevan “So we used the center RP screen that was provided and brought in two FP projection surfaces per side to span the ballroom for seamless video playback, speaker support, demos and IMAG.” The screens were angled to follow the angle of the existing design creating a dynamic and dramatic display that spanned 175 feet. But scheduling logistics required moving those screen panels in and out a number of times before the keynote was delivered. Fabrication partner Communilux was instrumental in ensuring repeatable, consistent installation and line up of the screens each time.

“Since we were only allowed in the room for two set up and tech sessions and two rehearsals we had to roll in the screens on dolly carts then strike them afterwards so the other keynoters could use the standard package,” Bevan explains. “Three projectors overlapped each panel so every time we took the panels out and brought them in again, we had to constantly tweak projector alignment. If it was off by even a quarter of an inch it would have been critical.”

To maximize executive rehearsal time on site, WorldStage created “a complete duplicate set up in another ballroom, outputting Pandora to six monitors, so presenters could rehearse when they didn’t have access to the main ballroom” Bevan explains. “All programming and content files were loaded back and forth between the rehearsal room and the keynote ballroom over the course of six days.”

WorldStage furnished PMG with a Pandora system for multi-channel playback and a Vista Systems Spyder image processor for the screen switching. Eleven confidence monitors, consisting of thin-bezel NEC monitors, were installed in the keynote ballroom and in the rehearsal space to show the widescreen content, notes and demos.

The content featured a lot of “wow moments,” according to Bevan, including a stunning opening video that required a seamless blend of three 5K live action sources and 3D animation. Demoes spotlighted future technologies such as a chip with a miniature Pentium computer with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi that can be embedded in any device or piece of clothing; a wireless charging bowl; a smartwatch with geotracking; and a flying whale that came alive for an amazed audience of 5,000.

For the latter Leviathan Project, based on the child’s storybook about a whale airship, PMG created the ultimate immersive storytelling experience with Intel-collaborating with the USC World Building Media Lab. To bring a 60-ton whale to life above the heads of the audience, six HD camera feeds created the basis for the live feed onto which the “smart” 3D animation of the whale was layered. This augmented reality, created by the Intel and USC whizzes, was so seamless in appearance on tablets used by audience members and the web feed that many tried to reach out and touch it. WorldStage provided all the camera equipment to support the experience.

At CES WorldStage also partnered with the Taylor Group to support the Intel booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center and with Plumbago for the Intel press event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

At WorldStage Jack Dussault was project manager, Terry Nakamura projection supervisor, Jason Spencer the Spyder operator, Raul Herrera the Pandora operator and Jeff Gibson video engineer. PMG’s event producer was Rick Voigt. TPN provided the base equipment package for all the keynoters at the Venetian.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Challenging Texas Chapel Gets Help from Iconyx

Tyler, TX – March 2014… The Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul opened its doors last year after a lengthy construction project, rewarding this east Texas town with a brand new 13,000 square foot main building, along with a new softball field. The 650 seat sanctuary is a beautiful, classically designed structure with a high peaked roof and plenty of ornate wood, marble, and glass.

“It’s a really impressive architectural design, and the acoustics are ideal for their choir and organ,” explains Jason Brantley, CEO of Longview, TX-based Sound Logic Integrations. “But it’s not so good for the band or for intelligibility.”

The Sound Logic crew was brought in to design the audio for the new building, opting for a system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers. A pair of IC16-R-II columns mounted on either side of the proscenium covers the entire room.

“We originally specified some acoustical treatment to cut down the reverberance a bit,” says Brantley. “But the budget for sound absorption was cut halfway through the project, and we ended up with about a quarter of the treatment we had planned for. That’s where the Iconyx really saved the day.”

Brantley says the ability to tightly focus the sound toward the seating areas, and away from walls, windows, and other reflective surfaces, was critical to the success of the audio system design. “The band and the choir are not on stage — they’re in a choir pocket that’s stage left. The Iconyx enabled us to take the first beam and push it right past where the choir mic is hung, to eliminate any feedback issues. That kind of precision is something we could have only done with the Iconyx.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

ASHLY AUDIO POWERED PROCESSORS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S SAGE CHAPEL CONDENSING SEVEN FEET OF PROCESSING & AMPLIFICATION INTO SEVEN INCHES

ITHACA, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Erected in 1875, Sage Chapel sits near the center of the picturesque campus of Cornell University in upstate New York. It is expressly non-denominational, and its interior is adorned by symbols of all the major and minor religions from around the world. For services and other events, Sage Chapel seats over 700 people, plus a large choir. To help voices carry with intelligibility in the large space, its sound reinforcement system has evolved with the state of technology over the decades. Apart from the chapel’s two organs, the system also provides reinforcement for any musical instruments used. Its latest upgrade condensed seven feet of rack space used for 1990s-era processing and amplification into just seven inches using an Ashly Pema 8250 and an Ashly ne4250pe. Each unit combines Ashly’s Protea signal processing with clean, high-powered amplifier channels – twelve in all.

“We put the previous system in over twenty years ago to deal with issues of intelligibility that were plaguing them at the time,” said Barny Cole, president of Calf Audio, also of Ithaca. “We put in three sets of loudspeakers arrayed in stereo pairs on delays running from the front of the chapel to the back. It delivered great sound quality, but it took a ton of processing to dial in. In those days, that meant a lot of separate rack units to individually equalize and time align each component. That system took seven feet of rack space! The university approached us recently to ask if we could condense all that processing because the closet was coveted by the janitorial staff. Of course, they didn’t want to lean their mops against a bunch of electrical equipment, so if we could condense it down and raise it up, everyone would be happy.”

With its fully-implemented front-end processing capabilities, the Ashly Pema 8250 now takes care of all of the “everyday” mixing and processing chores. It also delivers eight 250-Watt amplifier channels, all within two rack spaces. Because the Pema 8250 also includes line-level outputs from the processing section, it feeds the four-channel Ashly ne4250pe amplifiers with optional processing. All together, the system provides twelve 250-Watt amplifier channels and all of the processing they require in a tamperproof package. “I’m predisposed to choosing Ashly,” Cole admitted. “The company is a close neighbor – they’re just an hour-and-a-half down the road – and I like the individuals who work there. Ashly’s products are famously solid and reliable, and their service is spectacular. Since they deliver all of that at a huge price advantage, it would seem silly to bother with anyone else!”

An Ashly neWR-5 wall panel remote control provides simple selection of several presets. At its most basic, the Ashly Pema 8250 auto-mixes all of the usual inputs. The presets also allow selection of arrangements for other common event scenarios. For more complicated events, a console can patch in and take control of the inputs. Calf Audio is usually called in to provide sound engineer support for those more complicated events.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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Jünger Audio Bridges A Gap With D*AP8 MAP

Following Dolby’s decision in 2013 to discontinue its DP570 Multichannel Audio Tool, dynamics specialist Jünger Audio is now the sole company in the world that can supply a product to fill the gap.

The company’s D*AP8 MAP Monitoring Audio Processor, which will be on show at Jünger Audio’s NAB 2014 Booth (C2134), is the only Loudness processor on the market capable of offering real-time metadata emulation as standard. This vital feature allows broadcast engineers in post-production, DVD and DTV facilities to check the quality of Dolby Digital AC3-encoded audio prior to transmission so that they can monitor exactly what the consumer will ultimately hear.

“Metadata emulation is very important to the broadcast community, especially those working in the USA where the ATSC has specified that all audio must be Dolby AC3 encoded prior to transmission,” says Jünger Audio’s CEO Peter Pörs. “Every set-top box in the USA – and in many other countries, too – has a Dolby Digital decoder installed as standard. These decoders receive audio metadata, which is the unique ‘data about data’ delivered by Dolby Digital bitstreams.

“Metadata is important because it ensures that television audiences at home hear their programs the way producers and content creators intended them to be. All kinds of audio parameters, including Loudness levels, are controlled this way. In countries where you can be fined if you get audio loudness wrong, it’s vital that broadcasters can check exactly what consumers will hear before material leaves their facilities.”

Jünger Audio’s D*AP8 MAP Monitoring Audio Processor combines an audio monitor controller and a loudness measurement device in one unit, thus providing comprehensive quality control and loudness monitoring for anyone working in a production or broadcast environment.

Designed for quality checking surround (5.1) and/or stereo programs, D*AP8 MAP features a built-in Dolby® Metadata generator and an optional Dolby® decoder that allows users to decode Dolby-E, Dolby-D (AC-3) and Dolby Digital plus (E-AC-3). It can also be used for live monitoring and to ensure compliance with today’s standards and regulations (ITU 1770-3, ATSC A/85 or EBU R128).

The unit comes with alarm signals that alert the operator when pre-set loudness thresholds are exceeded, and these signals can be delivered by simple GPOs and/or SNMP traps, which carry actual loudness values. Loudness measurements can be performed over a long run or over a fraction of a program, or both. These measurements can be triggered by automation systems via GPIs or via the network – or even manually by buttons on a remote panel.

Alongside loudness measurements, D*AP8 MAP also offers functionality for acoustical QA. It has eight speaker outputs that allow for A/B checking of stereo compatibility of a surround downmix through alternative speakers, as well as via L/R front speakers.

By incorporating 3G, HD and SD auto detection, D*AP8 MAP gives users the option of dealing with all 16 channels of SDI embedded audio at the same time. This means the engineer can listen to one program while permanently logging the loudness of two (5.1 +2 mode) or four (4×2 mode) programs. It is also possible to send further embedded programs to D*AP8 MAP’s AES outputs to feed a third party instrument for analyzing and/or display.

For no extra cost, the D*AP8 MAP SDI board also acts as an embedder and comes with video delay to compensate for any kind of audio delay. This feature is ideal for those looking to maintain lip sync in QA suites or control rooms.

“Broadcast engineers still a need for a hardware based monitoring controller that combines loudness management and logging features with the ability to monitor Dolby®-E, Dolby®-D (AC-3) and Dolby® Digital plus (E-AC-3), as well as HE-AAC formats,” Pörs explains. “Our D*AP8 MAP is the only unit on the market that can do all of this and we will be using the NAB 2014 platform to ensure that everyone knows about it.”

For more information about Jünger Audio, please visit NAB booth C2134 or visit the company’s website at www.jungeraudio.com

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.jungeraudio.com

HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Total Bundle Is the Go-To Reverb Plug-In for Producer, Trainer and Writer Mo Volans

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Mo Volans enjoys a multifaceted career as a producer, musician, writer and product trainer. He got his groove going when he was signed to the UK’s Global Underground and Subversive Records. For 15 years he wrote, produced and remixed records for major and independent labels, including Positiva, Hed Kandi, Skint, AATW and MOS/Data, where he first got his hands on classic HARMAN Lexicon gear like the 480L.

His electronic music production and composing skills led Volans to producing music for TV and around 2006 he was asked to write an article for Remix magazine, which launched a parallel career as a music writer. Since then he’s written countless features and currently contributes to Future Music, AskAudio and Audiotuts+.

Thanks to his thorough understanding of electronic music technology and knack for explaining it clearly, Volans has become an in-demand producer of training videos. He is now the lead trainer at MacProVideo.com and AskVideo and has produced training and promotional material for a number of major computer music platforms, including Ableton, Logic, Reason, Cubase, Maschine and BitWig. Through all his occupational diversity, his preference for Lexicon has remained constant, and it’s no surprise the tech-savvy Volans has adopted the Lexicon PCM Total Bundle plug-in package.

The Lexicon PCM Total Bundle offers a wide variety of legendary Lexicon reverbs and effects like Vintage Plate, Hall, Room, Concert Hall and other hallmark Lexicon reverbs, and effects that run the gamut from Pitch Shift, Chorus, Dual Delay and Resonant Chords to other completely unique sounds. It’s designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VST, Audio Unit or RTAS-compatible platform and with Windows and Macintosh computers.

“I’ve been using Lexicon as long as I can remember,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with almost every model of Lexicon hardware, from flagship products like the 480L in larger studios to my more recent use of the MX and PCM reverb and effects processors in smaller facilities and my own project studios. When I had the opportunity to try the PCM Total Bundle I didn’t hesitate.” Mo quickly found it to be invaluable.

“I’ve been using the PCM Total Bundle as my go-to reverb solution literally since the day it arrived.” Mo uses the plug-in for both his own recordings and in his training courses. “When it comes to demonstrating algorithmic reverbs this is just about as good as it gets for me. If I can call something that’s used in training videos a ‘textbook example’ of something, then the Lexicon is it.”

Anyone interested in electronic dance music (EDM) creation should note that Volans has recently completed what he calls an in-depth six-hour training course for MacProVideo.com on mixing and mastering electronic dance music in Logic Pro X music production software. He used the PCM Total Bundle extensively throughout this course, and for recent online features for Future Music and AskAudio.

Does the PCM Total Bundle live up to what Volans is accustomed to hearing from Lexicon’s industry-standard hardware? “I’ve worked in the studio with Lexicon gear for a long time. Having used the hardware I can say without a doubt that this plug-in is the real deal.” For Mo, Lexicon technology stands out from all other reverb units and plug-ins. “Lexicon manages to create stunning acoustic spaces that no other algorithmic processors seem to be able to touch. The richness of the reverb tails are legendary, and for good reason. I’ve found other processors that can do a good job – but Lexicon consistently nails the non-linear acoustic nature of real-world spaces.”

“Mo has been with Lexicon every step of his highly successful career. The diversity of his work and his consistent use of our plug-ins speaks to the ability of our reverbs to meet the requirements of any style of project he takes on. Furthermore, seeing him using Lexicon to teach a new generation of producers is the best compliment he can give us,” stated Noel Larson, Director of Marketing, HARMAN Signal Processing.

For more information about Mo Volans and his work please visit www.movolans.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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HARMAN Professional and KD’s Southern Cuisine Bring Upscale Dining and Entertainment to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – Bricktown, Oklahoma City’s entertainment district, just got a lot more entertaining with the opening of KD’s Southern Cuisine (www.kdsbricktown.com), an elegant dining establishment that serves up Southern culinary favorites for lunch and dinner – and when it’s late in the evening, transforms into a nightclub with DJs, dancing and live music, all served up through a HARMAN Professional audio system.

The design brief given to Norman, OK system integrator Pro Presenters, LLC and its President/CEO, Steve Patrick, was clear: the ownership group wanted KD’s to have an upscale look and feel, and “New York City club-level audio where we could really push some sound pressure levels.” However, to keep the open, contemporary interior design undisturbed, the sound system had to be completely hidden from view.

KD’s is divided into four areas – dining room, bar, private lounge and patio – and the system had to cover the sonic gamut from subtle background music to live bands and DJs pounding out the volume. In the bar area in particular the owners were insistent upon having dance club-capable SPL, but with so much emphasis placed on the décor, there was no room to hang loudspeakers, let alone large ones. There were also some unique architectural challenges and solutions – including a motorized glass window that runs the length of one wall of the dining room. When the window is closed the bar can get loud while the dining room maintains a lower noise level.

For the bar area, Pro Presenters needed a loudspeaker that could fit into the wall behind the bar while delivering the requisite volume. The company went with 12 JBL AC15 ultra-compact loudspeakers, inset into the framework and placed at a height and in locations to ensure even, unbroken coverage throughout the room. The bar has a floating ceiling, which included a cavity where Patrick and his team had room to install four JBL ASB 6112 compact subwoofers.

Adjacent to the bar is a small performance area for DJs and live bands, where four JBL VRX928LA compact constant curvature loudspeakers and two VRX918S subwoofers are mounted on each side of the stage. “These are perfect for this kind of application,” Patrick noted – “they’re small and don’t get in the way of anything but are full-range and sound really good.” Two more VRX928’s and a VRX918 are located in the private lounge.

The main dining room and two private dining areas (which can be combined into a larger private dining room for bigger affairs) required music that could go from a gentle background level to something louder. Patrick wanted to install loudspeakers in the ceiling but had to work around a number of large circular hanging lighting fixtures. However, the ceiling also had several openings in which additional LED lights were installed – and these openings were also large enough to accommodate 14 JBL Control 26C coaxial ceiling loudspeakers and four Control 19CS in-ceiling subwoofers. In addition, two Control 26C loudspeakers were placed in the ceiling in each of the two private dining rooms, and four Control 28 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers are mounted in the outside patio area.

The loudspeakers are powered by a total of nine Crown amplifiers, a mix of DSi 6000, DSi 2000, CDi 1000, CDi 4000, 280A and 180A models. “These amps just made sense for this installation – their onboard processing enabled us to easily tailor their frequency balance, and other parameters to the loudspeakers, subwoofers and room acoustics. The 280A works in conjunction with a push-to-talk mic in the kitchen so the backline workers in the kitchen can hear what’s going on up front, and the 180A is simply one of the best amplifier values out there,” said Patrick.

A Soundcraft Si Performer digital live sound console handles both lighting and sound for the stage and main dining areas. Patrick chose the Performer because “we felt like it was two consoles in one. One person can do it all – mix the sound for both rooms and control all the lights with onboard DMX-based scene recalls. It’s amazing how much capability is built into this console.” He noted that thanks to the console’s built-in reverb, compression and effects, it also eliminated a lot of rack components they would otherwise have needed in the system.

“The ownership group couldn’t be more pleased with the way the KD’s installation turned out,” Patrick concluded. “The system is completely unobtrusive visually, and perfectly suits KD’s dual requirement for a system that can play quieter music during the day and get everybody dancing at night with sound quality that rivals that of any nightclub.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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